Posts Tagged ‘emerging technologies’

9:20AM 11/12/2014 – 10th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference at the Harvard Medical School, Boston

REAL TIME Coverage of this Conference by Dr. Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN – Director and Founder of LEADERS in PHARMACEUTICAL BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, Boston http://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com

9:20 a.m. Panel Discussion – Genomic Technologies

Genomic Technologies

The greatest impetus for personalized medicine is the initial sequencing of the human genome at the beginning of this Century. As we began to recognize the importance of genetic factors in human health and disease, efforts to understand genetic variation and its impact on health have accelerated. It was estimated that it cost more than two billion dollars to sequence the first human genome and reduction in the cost of sequence became an imperative to apply this technology to many facets of risk assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic intervention. This panel will take a brief historical look back at how the technologies have evolved over the last 15 years and what the future holds and how these technologies are being applied to patient care.

Genomic Technologies

Opening Speaker and Moderator:

George Church, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Personal Genomics

Genomic Technologies and Sequencing

  • highly predictive, preventative
  • non predictive

Shareable Human Genomes Omics Standards

$800 Human Genome Sequence – Moore’s Law does not account for the rapid decrease in cost of Genome Sequencing

Genome Technologies and Applications

  • Genia nanopore – battery operated device
  • RNA & protein traffic
  • Molecular Stratification Methods – more than one read, sequence ties
  • Brain Atlas  – transcriptome of mouse brains
  • Multigenics – 700 genes: hGH therapies


  • vaccine
  • hygiene
  • age

~1970 Gene Therapy in Clinical Trials

Is Omic technologies — a Commodity?

  • Some practices will have protocols
  • other will never become a commodity



Sam Hanash, M.D., Ph.D. @MDAndersonNews

Director, Red & Charline McCombs Institute for Early Detection & Treatment of Cancer MD Anderson Cancer Center

Heterogeneity among Cancer cells. Data analysis and interpretation is very difficult, back up technology

Proteins and Peptides before analysis with spectrometry:

  • PM  – Immunotherapy approaches need be combined with other techniques
  • How modification in protein type affects disease
  • amplification of an aberrant protein – when that happens cancer developed. Modeling on a CHip of peptide synthesizer

Mark Stevenson @servingscience

Executive Vice President and President, Life Sciences Solutions
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Issues of a Diagnostics Developer:

  • FDA regulation, need to test on several tissues
  • computational environment
  • PCR, qPCR – cost effective
  • BGI – competitiveness

Robert Green, MD @BrighamWomens

Partners, Health Care Personalized Medicine — >>Disclosure: Illumina and three Pharmas

Innovative Clinical Trial: Alzheimer’s Disease, integration of sequencing with drug development

  • Population based screening with diagnosis
  • Cancer predisposition: Cost, Value, BRCA
  • epigenomics technologies to be integrated
  • Real-time diagnostics
  • Screening makes assumption on Predisposition
  • Public Health view: Phenotypes in the Framingham Studies: 64% pathogenic genes were prevalent – complication based in sequencing.

Questions from the Podium:

  • Variants analysis
  • Metastasis different than solid tumor itself – Genomics will not answer issues related to tumor in special tissues variability





– See more at: http://personalizedmedicine.partners.org/Education/Personalized-Medicine-Conference/Program.aspx#sthash.qGbGZXXf.dpuf





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Upcoming Meetings on Cancer Immunogenetics


Curator: Stephen J. Williams, Ph.D.

Below is a curation of upcoming 2014-15 Cancer Immunogenetics symposia. Some listed have CME credits.

August 2014

Target Discovery for T Cell Therapy Symposium
Next Step to Advance Immunotherapies
August 14, 2014 | Part of ImVacS – The Immunotherapies and Vaccine Summit
Learn more | View Agenda PDF | Register by July 18 & SAVE up to $200


Q&A with Dr. Adrian Bot of Kite Pharma


SITC 2014 Meetings

The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit society of medical professionals. Recent advances in immunology and biology have opened up new horizons in the field of cancer therapy, with an upsurge in the integration of new biologic agents into clinical practice. With several high-caliber scientific meetings with a focus on clinical and translational aspects of biologic approaches to cancer treatment and numerous networking opportunities unique to this organization, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) has developed into the premier destination for interaction and innovation in the cancer biologics community.

Upcoming SITC Meetings and Activities

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Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy™ (ACI™) Regional CME-Certified Programs

  • La Jolla, CA – Friday, August 22, 2014
  • Portland, OR – Friday, October 3, 2014
    Charlotte, NC – Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Tampa, FL – Friday, December 5, 2014


September 2014



  Hematologic Malignancies: Translating Discoveries to Novel Therapies
    September 20-23, 2014 • Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown • Philadelphia, PA

The AACR is proud to announce our conference focused on the blood-based cancers and associated disorders categorized as hematologic malignancies. Sessions will include presentations on leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome, and myeloproliferative neoplasms.


Advances in Melanoma: From Biology to Therapy

Loews Philadelphia • Philadelphia, PA • September 20-23, 2014

With so many recent advances in treating metastatic melanoma, including approaches like immunotherapies, targeted therapies, and combination therapies, melanoma research is at a critical point where it is extremely important for the field to have a continuous exchange of information. Despite the success of various “targeted” inhibitors, therapeutic responses in melanoma patients are often short-lived due to rapidly acquired drug resistance. Therefore, it is essential that melanoma researchers translate the novel understanding of melanoma biology to decipher the mechanisms of innate and acquired drug resistance for the development of improved therapeutic options. To bridge the gap between scientists and clinician-scientists’ professional practice, this conference will provide a platform for discussion and potential collaborations for the discovery of new therapeutic targets.



The 4th Mastering Immunogenicity Summit

September 15-16, 2014

British Consulate-General, Boston MA, USA

Join leaders in the immunogenicity field for a two day conference to learn what constitutes a successful strategy for managing immunogenicity risk, and explore the business case for introducing immunogenicity assessment into your program.

  • Learn about the latest strategies and exciting new technologies
  • Discuss current and developing challenges and exchange new ideas
  • Improve the outcome of your R&D programs

Our 4th Mastering Immunogenicity Conference will continue to have a strong focus on immunogenicity sciences, particularly on what basic research needs to be carried out to improve our understanding of immune regulation to biotherapeutics. We will review progress made in correlating data from pre-clinical predictive tools to clinical outcomes, as well as continuing our discussions surrounding the benefits that Quality by Design has on reduced immunogenicity, considering subsequent patient benefits as well as competitive advantage. Presentations by experts will provide an overview of the wide range of technologies currently used for immunogenicity risk management and how they can be incorporated for a ‘quality by design’ approach.


Immunogenomics 2014

September 29 – October 1, 2014

HudsonAlpha Biotechnology Campus
Huntsville, Alabama, USA

The HudsonAlpha-Science Conference on Immunogenomics will bring together preeminent leaders and thinkers at the intersection of genomics and immunology.

October 2014


Cancer Immunotherapy: Out of the Gate

October 06, 2014 Grand Hyatt New York Hotel at Grand Central, New York, NY

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) will host its 22nd Annual International Cancer Immunotherapy Symposium October 6-8, 2014 at The Grand Hyatt in New York City. Attracting clinicians, laboratory scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, the symposium will feature plenary presentations from leaders in immunology and cancer immunotherapy, a poster session, and numerous networking opportunities.

This year’s CRI symposium, entitled Cancer Immunotherapy: Out of the Gate, will harness the excitement and enthusiasm generated by recent clinical successes to explore new and emerging areas of basic, translational, and clinical research. Topics such as the use of genomic methods to catalogue cancer heterogeneity, mechanistic studies of checkpoint blockage antibodies, new views on immunosurveillance and immunoregulation, and emerging therapies that are altering the landscape of cancer treatment will be discussed.

– See more at: http://www.cancerresearch.org/grants-programs/conferences-meetings/annual-international-cancer-immunotherapy-symposia/2014-symposium#sthash.PnY56e5E.dpuf

Cytokines 2014

October 26–29, Melbourne, Australia

EMBO Conference: Innate Lymphoid Cells
September 29–October 1, Paris, France

Recommended reading

Laurie Dempsey


November 2014

SITC 2014 – November 6-9, 2014

  • Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD
  • SITC 29th Annual Meeting
  • SITC Workshop on Combination Immunotherapy: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • SITC Primer on Tumor Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy™
  • SITC Hot Topic Symposium – including two topics explored concurrently:
    • Accelerating Tumor Immunity with Agonist Antibodies
    • Engineered T Cell Toxicities
  • Professional Development Session: A Roadmap for Thriving in Your Career

The Fourth International Conference on Regulatory T cells and TH Subsets and Clinical Application in Human Diseases
November 1–4, Shanghai, China

Recommended reading
Olive Leavy





Keystone Symposium: Cell Death Signaling in Cancer and the Immune System
October 28-November 2, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Recommended reading

December 2014

Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy: A New Chapter
Co-Chairpersons: Robert H. Vonderheide, Nina Bhardwaj, Stanley Riddell, and Cynthia L. Sears
December 1-4, 2014 • Orlando, FL

2015 Conferences

Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology

Tumor Immunology: Multidisciplinary Science Driving Combination Therapy 

February 8—13, 2015

Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada


· March 2015

  1. 8–13, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  2. 22–27, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  3. 29–3 April, Snowbird, Utah, USA

9th World Immune Regulation Meeting

Keystone Symposium: The Golden Anniversary of B Cell Discovery
Recommended reading

Keystone Symposium: T Cells: Regulation and Effector Function
Recommended reading


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